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22nd October 2013Special guest blog: The Thirty Nine (thousand?) Steps

Avid walker and peripatetic Whitehaven resident Charlie Brown writes about a classic ridge walk above one of the Western Lakes’ most picturesque valleys.

Inspired by Giles Brown’s epic 24 Peaks Challenge I decided to go walking near Buttermere and do the first three peaks on his route - Red Pike, High Stile and High Crag. As always my two companions were Dee the Labrador and Dot the Terrier. This was not 24 peaks in 24 hours but was more three peaks in five hours.

18th October 2013Wonderful things to look forward to in Wasdale #2: The World’s Biggest Liar!

Yesterday, I was walking in Wasdale when a sheep trotted over, stood on its hind legs and told me where to go. But before I could go anywhere, a UFO landed outside the Wasdale Head Inn and I was promptly abducted by aliens. It’s all go in the Western Lake District!

Ok, ok. None of this is true. But I am flexing my imagination (ok, so there’s a bit of a way to go yet) and getting into the spirit of the Wasdale Valley’s most talked about event of the year, the World’s Biggest Liar Competition.

7th October 2013Taste Cumbria: In the mood for food

There is a lot to eat in the Western Lake District. The sea and fells are a bountiful home for some of the greatest produce the region's talented chefs could hope to work with and its towns and villages are dotted with cafés, pubs and microbreweries...not to mention superb restaurants.  

1st October 2013Autumn excitement: Wonderful things to look forward to in Wasdale #1

Well, the summer’s waved us goodbye. But if you’ll forgive me, I’m quietly excited by the prospect of the exhilarating Wasdale valley on a chilly day. In my opinion, Autumn and Winter are the seasons when this striking setting has its most impact.

Autumn excitement in Wasdale, the Western Lake District

Whitehaven - the perfect day out
Millom & Black Combe
Cockermouth
Ravenglass

Brian Sherwen Photography

Many images on this website have been supplied to us by Brian Sherwen.